Doing Citizen Science with NASA and The GLOBE Program

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Rebecca Boger, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Program and materials created and organized with assistance from Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Arlington VA, Holli Riebeek, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, AND Jeannie Allen, SSAI at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA and The GLOBE Program are in partnership to implement a citizen science program linked with NASA's Earth-observing satellites, GLOBE Observer. The public is invited to engage as citizen scientists and contribute to scientific investigations: asking questions, collecting and interpreting data, and communicating results. Data collection occurs through the GLOBE Observer, an app for mobile devices. The current app supports citizen science cloud observations and mosquito breeding site location and identification. Other citizen scientist observation and research experiences, such as documenting changes in land cover, are now in development. Participants in the workshop will download and use the GLOBE Observer app, and learn how to visualize, download and analyze data. Connections to NASA satellite missions will be identified, as well as ways GLOBE Observer can support science education, K-grey. Please bring a tablet or smart phone to the session for hands-on activities.


During this session, participants will:

  • deploy the GLOBE Observer App in the field, collect and report data
  • explore the connections between remotely sensed and ground validation data from NASA satellite missions
  • dialogue and brainstorm with other educators on how citizen science data can be used in a classroom setting
  • leave workshop with one or more GO Observer data investigation activities suitable for their classroom

Before you come...

If you can, please download GLOBE Observer from your app or play store on your mobile device and bring it with you to the workshop!


1:30 Welcome and Introduction

2:00 Field experience: data collection (clouds and mosquito larvae)

2:45 Identifying mosquito larvae using GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper

3:15 Citizen satellite data: analysis and research connections (think pair share)

3:30 Share out and brainstorming

3:50 Resources available for use by educators

3:55 End of Workshop Evaluation

4:00 Adjourn


MHM Presentation Materials

MHM Tutorial Slides MHM tutorial_7_17.pptx (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 37.7MB Jul13 17)

Important features for Mosquito Larvae ID Mosquito Larvae Identification Introduction Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 20.3MB Jul13 17)

Mosquito Vectors of Human Disease Mosquito Vectors of Disease in Humans (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 15.9MB Jul13 17)

Mosquito Life Cycle Mosquito Liife Cycle (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8MB Jul13 17)

MHM Classroom Activity Materials

Basic Inquiry: Mosquito Biology Basic Mosquito Biology Inquiry: using a science notebook (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 623kB Jul13 17) Basic Mosquito Biology Inquiry: educator overview (Microsoft Word 757kB Jul13 17) Mosquito Notebook: educator verson (Acrobat (PDF) 10.4MB Jul13 17) Mosquito Notebook: student version (Microsoft Word 6.9MB Jul13 17)

Research Project Student Brainstormers Connecting MHM observations to GPM Satellite data (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.3MB Jul13 17) Mosquito Habitat Elimination: Source Research (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 686kB Jul13 17) Degree day observations in the field (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 741kB Jul13 17)

Zika Zapp Bingo Zika Zapp Bingo instructions (Acrobat (PDF) 642kB Jul13 17) Zika Zapp Bingo Call sheet (Acrobat (PDF) 8.9MB Jul13 17) Randomizable Zika Zapp Bingo Slides for Game (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.2MB Jul13 17)


References and Resources: Zika Research Zika References (Annotated, University level) (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 693kB Jul14 17)

Additional Cloud Resources (scroll down to see Clouds)